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Injury puts Sens centre's season in jeopardy

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
An apparent left shoulder injury suffered in Saturday's victory in Toronto could cut short Peter Regin's season with the Senators (Getty Images).

Just when Peter Regin's season finally seemed to be taking a turn for the better, it's run into a most discouraging detour.

While the diagnosis isn’t final yet, Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston suggested today that Regin's year could be cut short by an apparent left shoulder injury suffered during the third period of Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

"That's a possibility," said Clouston, who suggested Regin's injury could be more severe than the separated right shoulder that sidelined centre Jason Spezza for six weeks after Christmas. "There will be more tests tomorrow and there is definitely a chance (Regin) might be done for the season. We'll wait and see on that."

While Regin had collected only three goals and 17 assists so far this season, the Danish centre's production had picked up of late, with six points in his previous eight outings. Perhaps that's what makes this blow sting the most of all.

"He was starting to make strides, for sure," said Clouston. "His play was starting to improve ... but it does present another young guy to come up and get more ice time or experience. These are the cards we've been dealt and we just have to play them."

When another callup from Binghamton is made to replace Regin, that'll mean eight players from the Senators' American Hockey League affiliate are likely to suit up against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200). None of the injured Sergei Gonchar, Chris Campoli, Daniel Alfredsson or Jesse Winchester are expected to ready for that game, although Clouston is hopeful to perhaps have some of them back by the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Senators' situation in goal has been stabilized for the moment by the arrival of Craig Anderson, who was obtained in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, then stopped 47 shots in blanking the Leafs the next night. He became only the fourth goaltender in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to post a shutout in his first game with a new team while making 40-plus saves.

"You're going to see a lot of him," Clouston said of Anderson. "When Bryan (Murray, the Senators' general manager) traded for him, it was an opportunity for us to get to know him and an opportunity for him to get to know us. It's an opportunity for him to play a lot of games for us down the stretch and win some games for us."

Anderson, who heard some of the loudest cheers during the player introductions for today's Sens Skills presented by Metro competition at Scotiabank Place, hopes to earn more of that kind of reception from the fans in his new hockey home. His first shutout of the season against the team's provincial rival surely helped that cause.

"It means a lot to me to get that under my belt and get the confidence rolling a little bit," said Anderson. "It's a new team, new guys and a new sweater. For me, the constant is still there — I have to stop a hockey puck. It’s a great town (here). So far, from what I’ve seen it’s great. I could definitely see myself ending up here long term."

Around the boards

The Senators have sent goaltender Pascal Leclaire to Binghamton for a conditioning stint, with the hope of getting him ready to team with Anderson down the stretch. "There's a possibility he may play Wednesday (for the B-Sens)," said Clouston. "We're looking to get him into two or three games." Once Leclaire, who's been sidelined since December with a lower-body injury, regains his game shape, Robin Lehner will be returned to the farm. "We'll put Robin where we want him to be and he plays a lot (in Binghamton) and gets to develop," said Clouston ... Anderson's and his wife, Nicole, are expecting their first child in July. But rather than join him in Ottawa, she's moving to Florida to stay with relatives. The couple met when Anderson was playing for the Panthers.

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